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12.31.2010

Best of the Best 2010 _ Part I


Book love is a marvelous thing. This is the 4.5 & 5 star ratings of 2010. I love these bleeping books.

Books are listed in order of read from latest. They are not in any other order.

Best of the Best Part I - Adult Selections


Ill Wind (Weather Warden, Book 1)
Ill Wind by Rachel Cain
adult, Urban Fantasy
Published December 2nd 2003 by Roc
Weather Warden Series, Book 1
My Review

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life...

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast...
True BelieversTrue Believers by Maria Zannini
adult, science fiction romance

ebook, Published October 18th 2010 by Carina Press
My Review


Taelen Jessit is an alien emissary on a mission sanctioned by the U.S. government to search for ancient gods. His hunt leads him to a dig headed by archaeologist Rachel Cruz. When his military entourage forces Rachel's team out of the cave they were exploring, a flash flood hits the riverbed and threatens to tear them through the ravine.
In the aftermath of the flood, Taelen witnesses the incredible healing of Rachel's broken ankle and believes his gods have blessed her. He is inexplicably drawn to her, and she to him.
What Taelen doesn't know is that Rachel is Nephilim—a descendant of the gods his people worship—masquerading as a human to find the god-killer and destroy it. Rachel needs help to bring down the tech that is manipulating the Earth's magnetosphere and frying her people alive. She's given Taelen her heart, but can she trust him with her secret?

 
Falke's PeakFalke's Peak by Anna Leigh Keaton
adult, paranormal romance, erotic
Puma Nights Series Book 1
ebook, Published November 16th 2010 by Carina Press
My Review

She couldn't believe her eyes.

Stressed out ad-exec Dakota wandered into Catamount Outfitters in search of a guide for a wilderness excursion. She didn't expect to be greeted by not one, but five of the most ruggedly delicious-looking men she'd ever seen. Not to mention a live cougar guarding the shop.

The Falke brothers have more than just good looks in their genes.

Eldest brother Axel agrees to guide Dakota on her mountain trek. In cougar form, Axel's twin, Gunnar, was there as a protection from predators—but he had his eye on the sexy client instead.

Into the wild...

While the rule with clients was "paws-off," both Axel and Gunnar couldn't resist Dakota's seductive Native American beauty and determination. As cold days led to hot nights in the cabin, Axel and Gunnar wondered if they'd finally found a woman strong enough to tame them...
  
Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1)The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
All books in the series scored 4 stars or greater.
adult, Urban Fantasy
Published by Delacorte Press (first published November 2006)
Darkfever Review

MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….

The Girl Who Chased the Moon: A NovelThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
adult fiction, southern gothic?
Published March 16th 2010 by Bantam
My Review

In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world…no matter how out of place they feel.

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. For instance, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? Why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life.

Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth and in the hope of bringing back the love she fears she’s lost forever. In Julia, Emily may have found a link to her mother’s past. But why is everyone trying to discourage Emily’s growing relationship with the handsome and mysterious son of Mullaby’s most prominent family? Emily came to Mullaby to get answers, but all she’s found so far are more questions.

Is there really a ghost dancing in her backyard? Can a cake really bring back a lost love?
In this town of lovable misfits, maybe the right answer is the one that just feels…different.

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy ParkerThe Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
historical, paranormal
Published August 25, 2009 by Leaisure Books
My Review

The albino beauty who has come to study at Victorian London’s Athens Academy will learn not only to deal with the ghosts that she can see, but her own part in the puzzling prophecy that threatens the known world.


The Iron Duke (A Novel of the Iron Seas)The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
historical, steampunk
Published August 25, 2009 by Leaisure Books

My Review

First in an all-new series where seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas.

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.


Crimson MoonCrimson Moon by JA Saare
Paranromal Romance
Published June 25th 2010, The Wild Rose Press

My Review
An average morning is what Emma Johnson envisions when she visits Joe's Café for a steaming cup of coffee. But the world isn't the place she imagined it to be, and neither is she...

After Emma is rescued from a horde of bloodthirsty creatures, she discovers she is the daughter of a powerful Vampire from the House Deviard, her rescuer, Caleb, having been sent to see her safely home. For Caleb is also unique, a werewolf procured to protect the royal Vampiric bloodlines from harm - but nothing more.

Soon, the undeniable connection Emma and Caleb share evolves beyond attraction into something unexpected. When she is forced to make a choice, what path will she take - vampire or wolf?









10 comments:

Annette said...

I think the only one of these I've heard of is the Dark Fever series. That Iron Duke one sounds really good. I'm adding a few of these to my list. Thanks!

Paranormal Haven said...

Just got The Iron Duke with my Christmas Borders gift card. I plan to start the Dark Fever series in the new year.


Stephanie G
Paranormal Haven

The Book Vixen said...

I've heard nothing but great things about The Iron Duke. I'm planning on reading that one in 2011.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE The Girl Who Chased the Moon. Great choice!

Maria Zannini said...

I am so honored that you chose True Believers in your 'best of' list--especially considering the amazing company.

Thank you!

BLHmistress said...

I can't wait to read the Fever series I feel like I must have been in a cave with all these great reads out there I haven't read yet.

Hope you have a Happy New Year!

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Popping in to tell you Happy New Years honey! I wish you and yours a very joyous one!! Hugs to you!

Ankya said...

I'm reading Ill Wind in French and that's a very good story :) I long to finish the book !

Christine said...

The Iron Duke was really awesome, just like the Fever series! But no Magic Bleeds??? Really? o.O

rubysreads.com said...

I read Darkfever last year and decided, painful though it was, to read the rest of the series after Shadowfever comes out. That way I can finish the series in one go. It's a tortuous wait, though.

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